I Have A Post

But it would most likely land a few Secret Service agents on my doorstep. Instead, I’ll just whole-heartedly back TBogg for a moment.

Four more years of American soldiers being used as cannon fodder.

Four more years of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.

Four more years of debt that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off.

Four more years of racists and lunatics for judicial appointments

Four more years of looting the treasury and squandering it on corporate cronies.

Four more years of making enemies faster than we can kill them.

Four more years of fear and darkness and racism and hatred and stupidity and guns and bad country music.

I look at the big map and all of the red in flyover country and I feel like I’ve been locked in a room with the slow learners. We have become the country that pulls a dry cleaning bag over its head to play astronaut.

Luckily, one of the first tracts I read this morning was a piece from a few months ago by Todd Gitlin. It is from a feature the Washington Monthly did where they asked “What if Bush wins?” It takes a bit of the sting out of the defeat. Not much, but a bit.

Lieberman centrists (of the DLC & Co.) and Kennedy liberals (of Americans Coming Together & Co.) will gnash their teeth, gnaw on each other, blame Kerry (for going too far left, for not going far enough left, for lacking luster, for misunderestimating Bush, you name it). Then, one morning, if they’re smart, they’ll all wake up and realize they’ve all missed a stupendous opportunity and they had better roll up their sleeves, consult their demographic oracles, and become institution-builders.

Make no mistake: None of this will be easy, and the forces for coalition will be tested. Most Democrats will likely be in a tizzy for a while after the reelection. But if they are smart enough, they will satisfy themselves initially with small, slow steps. Congressional Democrats of all ideological stripes will fight bill by bill, try to stop one judicial appointment at a time. They will not be so quick to sign a blank check for war with Iran or North Korea as they were in Iraq. And they will still lose many battles.

Many activists, novices and veterans, will despair, or wrestle with despair. They will entertain wild, secessionist fantasies, or claim they’re on the verge of moving to old Europe. Morosely, they will remind themselves that Republicans have triumphed after the grandest Democratic-liberal mobilization in decades. They will lack a theory of history that injects them with confidence that, despite defeat, the wheel will eventually turn their way.

–whazz on, the best way you can

7 thoughts on “I Have A Post

  1. I only have two things to say: 1. Franz says we may not remember it, but we all did survive the Reagen years… 2. Hope was on the way and the South kicked it in the teeth. We should have just let the South go when they wanted to leave. I hate the South more than ever before.

  2. I took a recruit out for lunch today. I had butternut squash ravioli at Il Fornaio – it was so great. I strongly recommend.

  3. As I just pointed out in the latest post on my blog, the Dems have to stop letting the Republicans decide what is “right” and “wrong” in this country. They need to come out and say that the nation should have liberal views and why. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think we have much choice.

  4. “Four more years of scientific decisions being made by people who believe in a ghost in the clouds.”

    Einstein believed in god. How do you take that?

  5. Actually, Einstein wasn’t a man of god. He was painted as such by a number of people to somewhat prove that god’s existence was the main reason beyond all underlying scientific and other logical reasonings. Einstein wrote about his athiest views and rarely ever talked about them. Someone on here made a pretty good point about it in another post. Anyway, Einstein was not a man of god.

    If he did believe in god (as scientists sometimes do), one could argue that he did it out of the spiritual mindset and not the physical. There are scientists that believe in god in a number of degrees. Some feel that “god” is nothing more than an intense state of spirituality designed to help escape the scientific ways of life. Others believe that “god” exists but that the actual powers and/or creations of “god” are very limited. Others don’t believe at all….

    Anyway that probably confuses most of us…einstein wasn’t religious though.

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